November 23, 1999
Volume 5 -- Number 161

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08 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers' Compensation Panel
01 New Document(s) or Proposed Rule(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
07 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Appeals
02 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
00 New Judicial Ethics Opinion(s)
00 New Formal Ethics Opinion(s) from the Board of Professional Responsibility
 

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Lucian T. Pera
Editor-in-Chief, TBALink

						
						
HENRY CIRCUIT
VS.
BRENDA ANNE BURNS

CORRECTED OPINION

Court:TSC

Attorneys: 

For the Appellant:              For the Appellee:

Andrew Frazier                  Paul G. Summers
Camden, Tennessee               Attorney General and Reporter
(At Trial)
                                Michael C. Moore
David Raybin                    Solicitor General
Nashville, Tennessee
(On Appeal)                     Elizabeth T. Ryan
                                Assistant Attorney General
                                Nashville, Tennessee

                                Robert Radford
                                District Attorney General                         

Judge: BARKER

First Paragraph:

Defendant/appellee Brenda Burns was tried and convicted of criminal
responsibility for the commission of first-degree murder in the death
of her ex-husband, Paul Burns.  The Court of Criminal Appeals reversed
the conviction on the basis that trial counsel was ineffective in
failing to interview two potential defense witnesses and present the
testimony of those witnesses before the jury.  The State filed an
Application for Permission to Appeal contesting the intermediate
court's reversal of the defendant's conviction on that basis.  The
defendant filed a Cross-Application for Permission to Appeal raising,
among other issues, whether the trial court had committed reversible
error by failing to instruct the jury on the lesser-included offenses
of facilitation of a felony (i.e., first-degree murder), Tenn. Code
Ann. S 39-11-403 (1991), and solicitation to commit a criminal offense
(i.e., first-degree murder), Tenn. Code Ann. S 39-12-102 (1991).  We
granted both Applications in order to address these important issues.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/burnsba.wpd



STATE OF TENNESSEE VS. CHARLES D. FOWLER DISSENTING OPINION CORRECTED OPINION Court:TSC Judge: BIRCH First Paragraph: The criminal attempt statute in issue provides: (a) A person commits criminal attempt who, acting with the kind of culpability otherwise required for the offense: http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/FOWLERC_DIS.wpd
HARRY LUTHER VS. BILLY COMPTON, Warden; BEN LINDEMOOD, Warden; DONNIE NOLES, Warden; DONNA KLUTTS, P.A.; EDNA FREEMEN, Health Administrator; JANE VERNON, Director of Nurses; PAT BURCH, L.P.N.; BRITTON MORTON, L.P.N.; JIMMY CHILDRESS, Vo-Tech Shop Instructor; KENNY FOSTER, Vo-Tech Security Officer; and ROY O'STEEN, Safety Inspector Court:TSC Attorneys: For Appellee: For Appellants: W. LEWIS JENKINS, JR. PAUL G. SUMMERS Dyersburg, TN Attorney General and Reporter MICHAEL E. MOORE Solicitor General PATRICIA C. KUSSMAN Assistant Attorney General Nashville, TN Judge: BIRCH First Paragraph: We granted review in this case to determine if the plaintiff should be allowed to conduct additional discovery on his claim that the defendants were "deliberate[ly] indifferen[t]" to his serious medical needs. In addition, we will consider whether the plaintiff's 42 U.S.C. S 1983 and negligence claims were properly dismissed pursuant to the defendants' motion for summary judgment. Because we conclude that the plaintiff's assertions of deliberate indifference do not state an independent cause of action but are, instead, part of his 42 U.S.C. S 1983 claim, we reverse only that portion of the intermediate court's decision permitting additional discovery. Further, we reinstate the trial court's decision granting the defendants' motion for summary judgment on the plaintiff's negligence claim. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/lutherh.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE VS. DONALD TERRY MOORE Court:TSC Attorneys: For the Appellant: For the Appellee: Charles R. Ray Paul G. Summers Nashville, Tennessee Attorney General & Reporter Jeffery S. Frensley Michael E. Moore Nashville, Tennessee Solicitor General Elizabeth T. Ryan Assistant Attorney General Nashville, Tennessee Judge: BARKER First Paragraph: We granted the appeal in this case to address the proper application of Tennessee Rule of Criminal Procedure 14(b)(1), which is used to sever criminal offenses. For the reasons set forth below, we hold that the Court of Criminal Appeals erred in affirming the trial court's denial of appellant's motion to sever one count of child rape based upon a finding that the offense was part of a common scheme or plan. However, we also hold that the error is harmless because the appellant was acquitted on two of the three counts of child rape, and the evidence is entirely sufficient to support the appellant's conviction on the remaining count. Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals is affirmed. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/MOOREDT.wpd
CHRISTOPHER NIZIOL VS. LOCKHEED MARTIN ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC. Court:TSC Attorneys: For the Appellant: For the Appellee: John D. Agee Robert M. Stivers, Jr. COOLEY, COOLEY & AGEE Associate General Counsel Kingston, Tennessee Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. Oak Ridge, Tennessee Judge: ANDERSON First Paragraph: We granted the motion to review this workers' compensation case to determine whether an award that was paid in a lump sum pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. S 50-6-231 (1999) may be later reconsidered and increased upon the filing of a new cause of action by the employee pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. S 50-6-241(a)(2) (1999). http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/NIZIOLC.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE VS. DONALD RAY SHIRLEY Court:TSC Attorneys: For the Appellant: For the Appellee: William J. Brown Paul G. Summers Nashville, Tennessee Attorney General & Reporter Michael E. Moore Solicitor General Elizabeth T. Ryan Assistant Attorney General Nashville, Tennessee Judge: BARKER First Paragraph: In this case we consider the proper standard of appellate review of a trial court's denial of a motion to sever offenses under Tennessee Rule of Criminal Procedure 14(b)(1). For the reasons set forth below, we hold that a denial of a severance will only be reversed for an abuse of discretion. We also hold that the trial court in this case abused its discretion in denying a severance because the methods used to commit the offenses were not so materially distinct or unique as to rise to an inference of identity. Because we find that this abuse of discretion was not harmless, the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals is reversed, and this case is remanded to the trial court for new trials. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/SHIRLEYD.wpd
STEVEN A. WAKEFIELD VS. MICHAEL F. CRAWLEY, MacTENN VALVE COMPANY, a Tennessee Corporation, and MACAWEBER SYSTEMS, INC., a Tennessee Corporation Court:TSC Attorneys: For Plaintiff-Appellee: For Defendants-Appellants: H. Allen Bray William S. Lockett, Jr. Maryville, Tennessee Kennerly,Montgomery & Finley,PC Knoxville, Tennessee Judge: DROWOTA First Paragraph: We granted this appeal to determine whether stock in a closely-held corporation is a "security," as defined by Tenn. Code Ann. S 47-8-102 (1992 Repl. & Supp. 1998), so that Chapter 8 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governs its sale or transfer. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/wakefieldsa.wpd
PAULA YORK and BRIAN YORK VS. SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE AUTHORITY, ET AL., and BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF TENNESSEE Court:TSC Attorneys: For the Appellants: For Appellee, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee: Richard T. Wallace WALLACE & JONES Daniel M. Gass Sevierville, Tennessee O'NEIL, PARKER & WILLIAMSON Knoxville, Tennessee Stephen J. Cox REISCHLING & AULT Knoxville, Tennessee For Amicus Curiae, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association: Jimmy W. Bilbo LOGAN, THOMPSON, MILLER, BILBO, THOMPSON & FISHER, P.C. Cleveland, Tennessee Judge: ANDERSON First Paragraph: We granted this appeal to decide whether an insured must receive full compensation for losses, i.e., be "made whole," before an insurer may receive reimbursement for medical expenses paid on behalf of the insured. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/YorkP.wpd
SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE STATE LIST FOR PERMISSION TO APPEAL Court:TSC - Rules http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC_Rules/CERTLIST_1122.wpd
DEAN ARNOLD d/b/a, THE CHATTANOOGA FAX and TENNESSEE-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY VS. CITY OF CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, and MAYOR JON KINSEY Court:TCA Attorneys: JOE A. CONNER and MISTY SMITH KELLEY, BAKER DONELSON, BEARMAN & CALDWELL, Chattanooga, for Petitioner-Appellee, Tennessee American Water Company. J. CHRISTOPHER CLEM, LUTHER-ANDERSON, PLLP, Chattanooga, for Appellee, Dean Arnold, d/b/a The Chattanooga Fax. RANDALL L. NELSON, City Attorney, Chattanooga, and FREDERICK L. HITCHCOCK, LARRY L. CASH, and STEPHEN D. BARHAM, STRANG, FLETCHER, CARRIGER, WALKER, HODGE & SMITH, PLLC, Chattanooga, for Appellants. PAUL G. SUMMERS, Attorney General and Reporter, MICHAEL E. MOORE, Solicitor General, and JANET M. KLEINFELTER, Senior Counsel, Financial Division, Nashville, for Response of Attorney General to Appellants' Constitutional Challenge. Judge: FRANKS First Paragraph: In this action to inspect documents in the possession of the defendants, the Trial Judge ordered defendants to "permit the inspection and reproduction of the full volume report prepared by Decosimo's Management Consultants, and the written report of the Public Finance Administration. Defendants obtained a stay of the Trial Court's judgment, and appealed the matter to this Court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/arnoldd.wpd
TONY MILO CROWE VS. WANDA JUNE COMER Court:TCA Attorneys: TIMOTHY L. BALDRIDGE OF KNOXVILLE FOR APPELLANT JAMES H. BEELER OF KINGSPORT FOR APPELLEE Judge: GODDARD First Paragraph: This is an appeal from the Circuit Court's order finding it had subject matter jurisdiction to determine the custody of the minor child Nicholas Crowe. Wanda Comer, Defendant-Appellant, contests the Circuit Court's subject matter jurisdiction. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/croweton.wpd
KENNETH DAVIS, T.Q. HEIDEL, JR. and GAIL F. WORTLEY VS. BOWATER, INC Court:TCA Attorneys: For the Appellants: For the Appellee: Gail F. Wortley James Frank Wilson 3715 Powers Street P. O. Box 160 Knoxville, TN 37917 Wartburg, TN 37887 Judge: SWINEY First Paragraph: In this dispute over Bowater, Inc.'s cutting of timber on a certain tract of land, Kenneth Davis, T. Q. Heidel, Jr. and Gail F. Wortley ("Appellants"), appeal the Trial Court's grant of summary judgment to Bowater ("Appellee"). http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/DavisKe.wpd
DEBBIE KAY MARION, as next friend for JONI MARION and JOY K. BOWLING, children under the age of 18 years VS. CHARLES DAVID BOWLING WITH DISSENTING OPINION Court:TCA Attorneys: For Appellant For Appellee CHARLES DAVID BOWLING JANETTE TAYLOR Pro Se Oneida, Tennessee Pikeville, Tennessee Judge: SUSANO First Paragraph: This is an action brought by Debbie Kay Marion ("Marion") on behalf of her two minor children seeking damages for injuries allegedly sustained by the children as a result of the criminal conduct of the defendant, Charles David Bowling ("Bowling"). http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/Mariondk.wpd DISSENTING OPINION: http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/mariond.wpd
THE OCEANICS SCHOOLS, INC. VS. OPERATION SEA CRUISE, INC. Court:TCA Attorneys: For the Appellant: For the Appellee: J. Douglas Overbey Brian C. Quist Catherine B. Coffey Jenkins & Jenkins PLLC Robertson, Ingram & Overbey 2121 First Tennessee Plaza The Farragut Building Knoxville, TN 37929-2121 530 South Gay Street, Suite 802 Knoxville, TN 37902-1537 Judge: SWINEY First Paragraph: This is an appeal from the Trial Court's Order denying the motion of Plaintiff/Appellant, The Oceanics Schools, Inc. ("Appellant") for Writ of Execution against Clifford E. Barbour, Jr., sole shareholder of Defendant/Appellee, Operation Sea Cruise, Inc. ("Appellee" or "OSC"), or in the alternative, to Amend, after final judgment, Appellant's Complaint to domesticate a foreign judgment against OSC, by adding Barbour as a party-defendant. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/Oceanics.wpd
PATSY CARR SMITH VS. DONALD WALKER SMITH Court:TCA Attorneys: KYLE E. HEDRICK, Chattanooga, for Plaintiff-Appellee. MITCHELL A. BYRD, Chattanooga, for Defendant-Appellant. Judge: FRANKS First Paragraph: In this action, the Trial Judge dismissed Donald Smith's petition to modify the alimony award to his former wife, Patsy Smith. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/smithp.wpd
JOHNNY D. YOUNG VS. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY Court:TCA Attorneys: For the Appellant: For the Appellee: Robert D. Bradshaw George L. Foster Chattanooga Chattanooga Judge: SWINEY First Paragraph: This is an appeal from the Trial Court's denial of a Motion for New Trial filed by Plaintiff/Appellant, Johnny D. Young. The motion was based upon allegations of a quotient verdict, improper admission of evidence, and improper argument by counsel for Defendant/Appellee, Norfolk Southern Railway Company. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/Youngj.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE VS. CONLEY ROSS FAIR Court:TCCA Attorneys: For the Appellant: For the Appellee: William B. Lawson Paul G. Summers 112 Gay Street Attorney General of Tennessee Post Office Box 16 and Erwin, TN 37650 Erik W. Daab Assistant Attorney General of Tennessee 425 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN 37243 Joe C. Crumley, Jr. District Attorney General 144 Alf Taylor Road Johnson City, TN 37601 Judge: TIPTON First Paragraph: The defendant, Conley Ross Fair, appeals as of right from his convictions by a jury in the Unicoi County Criminal Court for one count of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/FAIR.wpd
DAVID EARL MILLER VS. STATE OF TENNESSEE Court:TCCA Attorneys: FOR THE APPELLANT: FOR THE APPELLEE: MARK E. STEPHENS PAUL G. SUMMERS District Public Defender Attorney General & Reporter JOHN HASTEAD (on appeal) MICHAEL E. MOORE PAULA R. VOSS Solicitor General Assistant Public Defenders 1209 Euclid Avenue MICHAEL J. FAHEY, II Knoxville, TN 37921 Assistant Attorney General 425 Fifth Avenue North MARK OLIVE (at trial) Nashville, TN 37243 ANDRU VOLINSKY School of Law RANDALL EUGENE NICHOLS University of N. Carolina District Attorney General Van Hecke-Wettach Hall Chapel Hill, NC 27514 ROBERT L. JOLLEY, JR. Assistant District Attorney 400 Main Knoxville, TN 37902 Judge: WILLIAMS First Paragraph: The petitioner, David Earl Miller, appeals the Knox County Criminal Court's dismissal of his post-conviction relief petition. In March of 1982, the petitioner was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death by a Knox County jury. The petitioner's direct appeal resulted in the Tennessee Supreme Court affirming his conviction, but reversing his death sentence and remanding the case for a new sentencing trial. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/MILLERDE.wpd

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